Dec 6, 2012 4:30am EST
the southern philippines on wednesday. government officials say another 400 people are missing. 78 of the dead include villagers and soldiers who were killed in a flash flood which swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp. >>> president obama is expected to ask congress for $50 billion to aid in the hurricane sandy relief effort. the late october storm was one of the worst ever to hit the northeastern section of the country. in maryland on the eastern shore, you can still find plenty of debris strewn around. homeowners say they're still working to repair the damage and are waiting for any form of federal aid. >>> a washington tradition continues tonight with the lighting of the national christmas tree on the ellipse. >> it's a brand new tree. the first family will light it around 5:00 p.m. this year's display features 56 trees, including one from each state, the territories and the district. it's the 90th year for the event. the organizers are expected more than 20,000 people for the show. we will bring you the tree lighting ceremony live right here on wusa9 at 5:00 p.m. >>> coming u
Dec 7, 2012 4:30am EST
a typhoon in the philippines is up to 425 people and 400 more are still listed as missing. most of the deaths are in the southern portion of the country where there is widespread flooding. some of the places where people thought they were safe actually became the deadliest, including two emergency shelters. >>> it really is beginning to look a lot like christmas in the nation's capital. 7,000 people -- 17,000 people on the ellipse watched as the first family light the christmas tree. the blue spruce was transplanted on the ellipse in october. all of the trees on the eliption will be lit through -- ellipse will be lit every night through christmas. >>> it's time to break out the ugly swert. 18-year-old jack mccarthy of wisconsin has turned that into a lucrative business. he sells ugly christmas sweaters online and has put together an impressive stockpile. he searches every flea market and yard sale across six states to do it. >> the more colorful, the more action, the more eye popping things, that's our definition of ugly. >> ugly christmas sweaters sell between $20 and $50 each.